Barack Obama may not find it as easy as other Democrats to win over the Jewish vote, especially in Florida, if recent campaign efforts are any indicator. Obama, who recently and famously has claimed, if elected president, he would sit down with anti-Israel terrorist leaders like Iran’s Ahmadinijad and Syria’s Bashar Assad, among others, reversed course and contradicted himself in front of Jewish Democratic voters in Florida this week.
“We must not negotiate with a terrorist group that’s intent on Israel’s destruction,” Obama said. “We should only sit down with Hamas if they renounce terror, recognize Israel’s right to exist and abide by past agreements.”
Of course, this is the exact opposite of his previous statements about sitting down with anti-Israel politicians around the world “without pre-conditions.” Here’s a quote from an MSNBC article:
In a Democratic presidential debate last summer, Obama was asked if he’d meet the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba, and North Korea without precondition and during his first year in office. ‘I would,’ Obama said.
So, which Israel policy will Obama be putting on his campaign’s promotional pens? I guess that depends on which audience he’s speaking to.